Director

Katherine Powers

Katherine Powers

Director

katherine.powers@sgv.csarts.net

Canadian-American soprano Katherine Powers (formerly Katherine Giaquinto) began her performing career as an actress in Canadian film and television. An opera performer, vocal pedagogue, actor, director, and coach, Katherine received her Associate of Arts Degree in Theater from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA, and her Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her background as a film actor has made her a favorite among directors and conductors for her impassioned and vivid performances.

In 2015, Katherine made a splash with LA Opera when she stepped in with less than two weeks notice for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Maestro James Conlon. She made her LA Opera debut earlier in 2015 in their Grammy-winning production of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. In 2014, Katherine sang Stella in a critically-acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Other roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Alice in Falstaff, Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in The Merry Widow. Outside of the sphere of standard operatic repertoire, Katherine is in demand in the contemporary music scene, and she continues to cultivate working relationships with living composers. In January 2016 she sang the west coast premiere of Neely Bruce’s Circular 14, a new oratorio on the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul whose actions during WWII saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees.

Prior to serving as the Director of Vocal Arts at CSArts-SGV, Katherine was a seven-year member of the Voice Faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is the founder of Ovation Voice Studio, whose voice clients include two Grammy-nominated artists. She has also taught voice at Occidental College, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, California State University, Los Angeles and for the YoungArts Foundation. Katherine maintains a dual career as both a performer and teacher, and is committed to contributing to the classical community by helping to forge young singers into professionals with artistic and personal integrity.

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